Daniel Topf, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, 2021
Missions Coach, World Team
B.A., University of Applied Sciences, Konstanz
M.A. Global University
M.Div., TCA College
Th.M., Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

Originally from Germany, Dr. Daniel Topf has over 10 years of cross-cultural experience in Asia. His first two assignments on that continent were in the Philippines and Nepal, where he served with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). He then worked as a manager in China, was a seminary student at TCA College in Singapore, and served as a Bible school teacher in India. He has an undergraduate degree in international business, several graduate degrees related to theology and ministry, and in 2015 moved to the United States to obtain his PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he met his wife Annali who is a chaplain in the healthcare industry. Dr. Topf is a full-time missions coach with the sending agency World Team, a role that he fulfilled for several years while living in Los Angeles.


  • “Pentecostal Higher Education: History, Current Practices, and Future Prospects”. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming, 2022.
  • “Technology as a Modern-Day Tower of Babel: The Garden of Eden as an Alternative Vision for Missionally Engaging a Media-Saturated Culture.” Global Missiology 18, no. 2 (April 2021).
  • “Pentecostal Theological Education in the Majority World: A Century of Overcoming Obstacles and Gaining New Ground.” Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 24, no. 1 (February 2021): 81-96.
  • “‘Useless Class’ or Uniquely Human? The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence.” Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 32, no. 1-2 (2020): 17-38.
  • “The Global Crisis of Unemployment in an Age of Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Missiological Implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Occasional Bulletin of EMS 33, no. 2 (Spring 2020): 9-15, 36-37.
  • “Ten Characteristics of Pentecostal Theological Education in the Twenty-first Century.” Pentecostal Education 5, no. 1-2 (2020): 45-57.
  • “Fundamentalism, Marginalization, and Eschatology: Historical, Socio-Economic, and Theological Factors Influencing Early Pentecostal Theological Education.” Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology 5, no. 1 (2020): 99-119.
  • “The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Its Impact on Pentecostal Higher Education.” Cyberjournal for Pentecostal-Charismatic Research 26 (February 2019). http://www.pctii.org/cyberj/cyberj26/topf.html.


  • Galatians
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Synoptic Gospels (in Spanish)
  • Effective Leadership (in Spanish)